Thursday, 2 October 2014

Still Alive….. The Great Thoughts of Gandhi Ji

Gandhi Jayanti is a national holiday celebrated in India to mark the occasion of the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, the "Father of the Nation". The festival of Gandhi Jayanti is observed in India, on October 2nd the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation, with reverence all over the country. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi,also known as 'Bapu' or 'Father of the nation', the apostle of peace was born on 2 October 1869 at Porbandar in Gujarat.
The United Nations General Assembly announced on 15 June 2007 that it adopted a resolution which declared that 2 October will be celebrated as the International Day of Non-Violence.
Gandhi had a natural love for 'truth' and 'duty'. With his complete dedication and confidence, Gandhi freed India from the British Rule and proved the world that freedom can be achieved with non-violence. Even today his teachings are encouraged to stay away from violence and find peaceful solutions to conflicts. For Gandhi, Truth and Non-violence was his entire philosophy of life. Mahatma Gandhi was a man with simple tastes and values. With keeping that in mind and giving him full honour and respect the festivities on this day are very less.

About Mahatma Gandhi (Oct. 2, 1869- Jan, 30 1948)

Mahatma Gandhi was a national icon who led the struggle for India's independence from British colonial rule, empowered by tens of millions of common Indians. He was a man who did what he said and led an exemplary and a transparent life.
Born on October 2, 1869 in Porbandar, a small town on the Gujarat coastline. He was the son of Karamchand Gandhiand Putlibai, Karamchand's fourth wife. He was married to a Kasturba Gandhi at the age of 13 and had four kids. He studied law in U.K and practiced law in South Africa. But he left his profession and returned to India to join the Indian freedom struggle. Throughout his life he opposed any form of terrorism or violence, instead using only the highest moral standards. His philosophy of nonviolence, for which he coined the term satyagraha, has influenced national and international nonviolent resistance movements to this day. From the time he took charge of the freedom struggle in 1918 he was lovingly called as "Mahatma" meaning "Great Soul" by millions of Indians. By means of nonviolent civil disobedience, Gandhi helped bring about India's independence from British rule, inspiring other colonial peoples to work for their own independence and ultimately dismantling the British Empire. Gandhi often stated that his principles were simple; drawn from traditional Hindu beliefs: truth (satya) and nonviolence (ahimsa).

 Famous Quotes of Mahatma Gandhi:

 "Whenever you are confronted with an opponent. Conquer him with love."
"Ahimsa means not to injure any creature by thought, word or deed, not even to the supposed advantage of this creature."
"I claim no perfection for myself. But I do claim to be a passionate seeker after Truth, which is but another name for God."
"I have nothing new to teach the world. Truth and non-violence are as old as the hills. All I have done is to try experiments in both on as vast a scale as I could."
"Poverty is but the worst form of violence."

Prayer meetings were an important part of Mahatma Gandhi and Kasturba's life. All religions and faiths were given equal importance in the daily recitation of prayers. The prayers always culminated by proclaiming "Although we call you by different names, you are One, Give us the wisdom to understand this, O Lord.

Gandhi Jayanti or Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti is observed every year as a national holiday to commemorate the birth of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (October 2, 1869 - January 30, 1948). His non-violence or satyagraha continues to influence political leaders and movements till date. The celebration and essence of Gandhi Jayanti is not restricted within India and also observed by the United Nations as the International Day of non-violence that aims to disseminate his philosophy, principle and believe in non-violence through proper education and public awareness.

Celebration of Gandhi Jayanti is also a moment to relive Mohandas Gandhi's life and contribution in India's Independence. Born in a small coastal town Porbandar in Gujarat, Gandhi married Kasturbai Makhanji at the age of 13. His childhood memories and experiences are vividly depicted by him in his autobiography ‘My experiments with truth’. Gandhi at the age of 18 went to England to study law and returned to India in 1915. After his homecoming, he led nationwide stir for achieving Sawaraj, abolition of social evils, empowering women rights and improving economic conditions of peasants and farmers. He further strengthened his movement against the British Raj and led Indians in protesting Dandi March Salt in 1930 that was later followed by the popular Quit India in 1942 calling British to leave India.

At Raj Ghat, New Delhi, and across India, people gather to observe Gandhi Jayanti in innovative ways that includes offering flowers on Gandhi's pictures, statues and singing his favourite devotional song Raghupati Raghava Raja Ram.

The government offices, banks, schools and post offices remain closed on Gandhi Jayanti to pay homage to 'Father of the Nation'. Additionally, as a tribute to this great soul, the Indian government mint rupee notes and also issue postage stamp depicting Mahatma Gandhi's photo. In May 19, 2011 at Geneva, a 1948 10 Rupee Mahatma Gandhi stamp was auctioned for a whopping price of US $205,000 making it a world record as the most pricey modern postal stamp from any country.
The significance of Gandhi Jayanti celebration transcends beyond commemorating Mahatma Gandhi's birth and his life as followers renounce violence and entirely devote themselves to Gandhi's philosophy and principles of Ahimsa i.e living a life by following non-violence.

The celebration of Gandhi Jayanti traditionally kicks off by singing prayers, offering flowers, lighting candles and garlanding Gandhiji's photo or statue. Mahatma Gandhi's life and principles has inspired lives of all ages but it will be noticed as the biggest change this year. For the first time in the history of India, Gandhi Jayanti will not be a holiday for government staff who will have to report to work to take the 'Swachch Shapath'. Minister Narendra Modi is already to celebrate this year Gandhi Jayanti with a grand transformation. Modi government at the centre cancelled holiday and asked all government employees to be present in office on the day which is generally a national holiday in India.  The Centre had earlier declared Oct 2 (Mahatma Gandhi's birthday) as compulsory holiday.
All government employees will have to be present in office on Oct 2, Gandhi Jayanti as Modi has been scheduled to launch 'clean India' campaign, and take the cleanliness pledge, a directive issued by the Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth on Wednesday, Sept 24.

The employees will be administered 'Swachhata Shapath' (pledge of cleanliness) in government offices, public functions and events on Oct 2, the directive said. The cleanliness drives led by senior officials will be undertaken in all government and public offices. The Prime Minister will on Oct 2 launch 'clean India' campaign, aimed at cleaning the country. There will be a special cleanliness drive in government offices from Thursday till Oct 2 to get rid of clutter, garbage and weed out old and unwanted things from government office premises. Modi had on Aug 15 announced the launch of the campaign.

"I come from a poor family, I have seen poverty. The poor need respect and it begins with cleanliness. I, therefore, have to launch a 'clean India' campaign from Oct 2, 2014 and carry it forward in four years," Modi had said in his speech on Independence Day from the Red Fort. The Cabinet Secretary had earlier also written to secretaries of central government departments pressing the need for clean working spaces. "There are certain offices where construction material is lying for years. In some office premises, unused or junked vehicles are also parked.

The departments have already been asked to make sure that no clutter, unused vehicles, rubbles or building material are lying in the office premises. There may be surprise inspections to ensure the effectiveness of cleanliness drive. Senior officials have sprung into action and instructed their concerned supervisors to ensure that the office premises are clean.

If you are keen to explore more about Gandhi Jayanti, then Gandhi Jayanti 2014 is the correct time to become familiar with Gandhi’s everlasting and priceless philosophy, and also his role as an architect of Indian Independence. 

Friday, 26 September 2014

Make Healthy Choices NOT Harsh Choices

World Heart Day, annual observance and celebration held on September 29 that is intended to increase public awareness of cardiovascular diseases, including their prevention and their global impact. In 1999 the World Heart Federation (WHF), in conjunction with the World Health Organization (WHO), announced the establishment of World Heart Day. The idea for this annual event was conceived by Antoni Bayés de Luna, president of WHF from 1997–99. World Heart Day was originally (until 2011) observed on the last Sunday in September, with the first celebration taking place on September 24, 2000.
Cardiovascular diseases are the most common cause of death globally. In the early 2000s, roughly 17 million people worldwide died from cardiovascular diseases annually. The majority of these deaths were the result of coronary heart disease or stroke. Although cardiovascular diseases are often considered to be afflictions of people living in developed countries, where sedentary lifestyle is common, more than 80 percent of deaths from these diseases occur in low- and middle-income developing countries.

The primary causes of cardiovascular diseases—poor diet, lack of exercise, and smoking—are considered modifiable factors. Thus, even in developing countries, which often lack efficient health care programs, the majority of these diseases can be prevented. Cardiovascular diseases also have a major impact on economic systems within countries, because of the high health care costs associated with treatment and lost productivity associated with disability and absenteeism from work.

Cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death worldwide and this is projected to remain so, according to WHO. About 17.5 million people died from cardiovascular disease in 2005 that’s more than victims of cancer, HIV and AIDS and malaria representing 30 percent of all global deaths.

Heart Day is part of an international campaign to spread awareness about heart disease and stroke prevention. This is the perfect day to quit smoking, get exercising and start eating healthy – all in the name of keeping your ticker in good working order, and improving the health and well being of people the world over. Overeating, lack of exercise, unhealthy diets and high blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels are all factors which can trigger heart disease and threaten our own lives, and those of loved ones. Heart Day was set up to drive home the message that heart problems can be prevented.

Risk factors that may lead to heart disease and stroke include:
§  Raised blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels.
§  Smoking.
§  Inadequate intake of fruit and vegetables.
§  Overweight.
§  Obesity.
§  Physical inactivity.

Protect Your Heart
Lowering your blood pressure and cholesterol will reduce your risk of dying of heart disease. Here are some tips to protect your heart:

Follow your doctor’s instructions and stay on your medications.
Eat a healthy diet that is low in salt; low in total fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol; and rich in fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • ·  Take a brisk 10-minute walk, 3 times a day, 5 days a week.
  • ·  Don’t smoke. If you smoke, quit as soon as possible.

Heart attacks have several major warning signs and symptoms:
·         Chest pain or discomfort.
·         Upper body pain or discomfort in the arms, back, neck, jaw, or upper stomach.
·         Shortness of breath.
·         Nausea, lightheadedness, or cold sweats.

World Heart Day was created to inform people around the globe that heart disease and stroke are the world’s leading cause of death. Together with organizations such as WHO, the World Heart Federation spreads the news that at least 80 percent of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided if the main risk factors – which are tobacco, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity – are controlled. World Heart Day started in 1999 and is held on the last Sunday of September every year.
 Each year’s celebrations have a different theme, reflecting key issues and topics relating to heart health. 2014’s theme is creating heart-healthy environments. Together with World Heart Federation members, World Heart Day spreads the news that at least 80% of premature deaths from cardiovascular disease (CVD) could be avoided if four main risk factors – tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and harmful use of alcohol – are controlled. The success of World Heart Day depends on the proactivity of organizations from around the world to help us spread awareness of CVD, the world’s number one killer.

World Heart Day 2014 Theme
This year, World Heart Day’s theme is creating heart-healthy environments. The places in which we live, work and play should not increase our risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). But individuals frequently cannot make heart-healthy choices due to environmental factors, such as the availability of healthy food or smoke-free zones.

The aim is to improve health globally by encouraging people to make lifestyle changes and promoting education internationally about ways to be good to your heart. This lesson is becoming increasingly relevant as reports of obesity, poor diet and physical inactivity in children and young people become more and more common. So on Heart Day, get involved, eat your fruit and vegetables and get outside; both you and your heart will feel the benefits.

This World Heart Day, the focus is on creating heart-healthy environments. By ensuring that people are able to make heart-healthy choices wherever they live, work and play, World Heart Day 2014 encourages us all to reduce our cardiovascular risk, and promotes a heart-healthy planet for those around us. There are many ways to get involved, from signing our petition to planning your own World Heart Day event. Please help us to give everyone the right to make Healthy Choices NOT harsh Choices.

Friday, 19 September 2014

BFCET celebrated Engineer’s Day, 2014

Principal Manish Goyal lighting the lamp on Engineer's' day.
Entire country celebrated the Engineers’ day. September 15 is fêted every year in India as Engineers ' Day to commemorate the birth anniversary of the well-known engineer Sir M. Visvesvaraya who was born on the same day in 1860. Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya Internationally acclaimed for his brilliance in harnessing water resources. He was responsible for the successful design and construction of several river dams, bridges and implementing irrigation and drinking water schemes all over India.

He served as the Dewan of Mysore State and was considered to be the architect of the all-round development of Karnataka. Among his most successful projects are the design and construction of the K.R. Sagar dam and its adjoining Brindavan Gardens, turn-around of the Bhadravati Iron and Steel Works, setting up of the Mysore Sandalwood Oil Factory and many more such beautiful infrastructures.

Engineering Students rewarded for their achievements.
Scientists dream about doing great things.
Engineers do them.

Honoring the success of M. Visvesvaraya, Baba Farid College of Engineering & Technology celebrated ‘Engineers Day’ on 15th September 2014. Mr. Harpal Singh, Deputy Director (F&M) & Mr. B.D Sharma Deputy Director (Activities) BFGI had graced the occasion with their presence as distinguished guests. Er. Manish Goyal, Assistant Director (Academics), formally welcomed the Guests, along with other dignitaries and students present over there. He addressed the students and told about importance of the Engineer’s Day. Engineer’s Day is celebrated every year to commemorate the birthday of the legendary engineer Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya.

Some of the achievements of M. Visvesvaraya during his career:
·         He remodelled the entire city & improved its drainage system in Hyderabad.
·         He introduced block system of irrigation & water weir flood gates in Bombay.
·         He was involved in building railway bridges and water schemes in Bihar and Orissa.
·         He supervised the construction of Asia’s biggest dam, KRS dam in Mysore at that time.
·         At the peak of his career he got several international offers to work on bigger challenges, but he took the offer of the Maharaja of Mysore, Sri Krishnaraja Wodeyar, to contribute for the development of the state.
·         Mahatma Gandhi has also praised the administration of mysore general & engineering feats of Sir MV in particular.

 After his retirement:
·         He was involved in several national committees and bodies where he repeatedly emphasized over the importance of engineering & technology in national development.
·         He was even awarded the highest civilian award Bharat Ratna for his contribution towards development of the country.
·         Sir MV had dedicated his entire life towards development of the nation and he epitomized all the qualities of an ideal engineer throughout this life.
·         Hence it is natural for India to honor him by celebrating his birthday as Engineers’ Day.

Dedicating this day to Sir M. Visvesvaraya and admiring his achievements students of Computer science and Engineering, BFCET, Anmol and Vanshita gave pleasing presentation on the life history of Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya. Apurva, student of Information Technology, had given speech on the theme of Engineers Day “Making Indian Engineering World Class”. On this occasion the students of BFCET performed skit which is based on the theme of “Outstanding Women Award “. 

Mr. B.D. Sharma, Deputy Director (Activities), BFGI shared his views on this occasion and motivated the students to implement their ideas and knowledge to prepare innovative models to serve the society.  After that, students were awarded for their achievements in Robotics, Project making and other technical activities. Balraj, Anuj, Sandeep, Sukhjinder and Bhagat raj of electronics and communication engineering were specially appreciated for bagging 1st position in Robo war in a National level Techfest held at IIT Guwhati. At last Er. Jarnail Singh, Deputy Dean(Activities) extended heartiest congratulations to the students for their achievements and presented vote of thanks to  the Guests and other dignitaries for sparing their valuable time. Mr. G.S. Dhaliwal, Chairman, BFGI congratulations to the whole staff & students of BFCET on Engineer’s Day.

On this Engineers' Day in India which is celebrated in the memory of Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya, BFGI wishes every engineer of this country to be in high regard as an unsurpassed engineer in India like Mokshagundam!!

Friday, 5 September 2014

Expressing Gratitude to Our Motivators, Mentors & Guides

BFGI honours 113 teachers on ‘Teacher’s day’ with Cash prizes worth Rs 12 Lakh

The idea of celebrating Teachers' Day took ground in many countries during the 20th century; in most cases, they celebrate a local educator or an important milestone in education (for example, Argentina commemorates Domingo Faustino Sarmiento's death on September 11 since 1915, while India celebrates Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan's birthday on September 5 since 1962. This is the primary reason why countries celebrate this day on different dates, unlike many other International Days.

In a classroom full of students with different learning abilities, the teacher faces a formidable challenge -- how to teach each child to his or her maximum potential. While some children in the class may find the lesson too mundane or boring, if it is "dumbed down," other children may find it difficult to cope with difficult concepts. So how does a teacher teach at an optimum level, such that both sets of extreme learning abilities are nurtured?

The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called truth.
                                                                                                                                             Dan Rather

Understanding the worth and valuing the efforts of teachers, Baba Farid Group of Institutions celebrated ‘Teacher’s Day’ today in its campus wherein all the teaching staff was present and 113 teachers were rewarded with cash prizes worth Rs 12 lakh on the occasion. Apart from this BFGI Talented teacher Contest was also organized in the campus. Mr. Gurmeet Singh Dhaliwal, Chairman, BFGI and Mrs. Paramjeet Kaur Dhaliwal, Director Admin, BFGI started the celebration with candle lighting ceremony.

Mr. Gurmeet Singh Dhaliwal, Chairman, BFGI addressed the gathering saying, “This day is celebrated since 5th September, 1962 is the birthday of Dr. S RadhaKrishanan, a philosopher and an educator who dedicated this day as a Teacher’s day”. Emphasizing on the duties and responsibilities of the teachers, he added that teachers are the best mind in the country and they should act as the role models to the students along with helping them to become better citizens.

Wishing for the staff on the occasion, Mr. Gurmeet Singh Dhaliwal, Chairman, BFGI said that BFGI is proud to have such dedicated, hardworking, sincere and loyal staff whose commendable work and commitment BFGI has achieved this position in the region and is still geared up to reach the soaring heights. He also said that BFGI took the initiative to reward its Teachers twice a year on the basis of 360 degree evaluation and they are honored with cash prizes on Teacher’s Day every year. The evaluation process comprised of 4 segments; the teachers falling in top most segment were rewarded with Rs 30,000 and those falling in other segments were rewarded Rs 20,000, Rs 10,000 and Rs 5000 respectively. BFGI believes that motivated teachers will have greater satisfaction and hence improve their performance. “On behalf of the Management I would like to thank the entire staff of BFGI for helping it achieve each goal it sets for itself and also congratulated all the teachers who have been rewarded on this special occasion; we will make sure that BFGI continues to give such rewards to its staff in future as well”, added Mr. Dhaliwal. 

Teachers also shared their views on the occasion and made it a memorable day with cultural performances. To unleash the talent of BFGI teachers and to entitle ‘BFGI Talented Teacher’, a competition was organized which comprised of Introduction Round, Talent Show Round and Question-Answer Round. This contest was judged by Mr. B.D. Sharma, Mr. Amitoj Dhaliwal and Ms Taranveer Kaur. After the final judgment round Mr. Baldeep Singh & Madam Razia were chosen as talented teachers. Others present on the occasion were Deputy Directors, Principals, HoDs, and Teaching staff members.

Teachers tap the fertile mind of young children and plant the seed of curiosity in them. This inculcates the values of self-learning, exploration, and philosophical inquiry. We have seen many young children who took the spark of imagination to unimaginable heights. We have known little origami enthusiasts to grow up to become engineers of cutting edge technology. We have met kids suffering from dyslexia who grew up and became famous surgeons. Who, other than a great teacher, could have been instrumental in this phenomenal rise?

Friday, 29 August 2014

Nuclear Weapons are not a sign of Strength, but a path to extinction of Human Race & Mother Earth

In 1954, some engineers from Los Alamos National Laboratory made a little miscalculation before a nuclear weapons test. Their hydrogen bomb was more than twice as powerful as expected. It created a 15 megaton blast that showered a Japanese fishing boat and several Pacific islands with radioactive fallout. Hindsight and history have shown us the terrifying and tragic effects of nuclear weapons testing, especially when controlled conditions go awry, and in light of today’s nuclear weapons which are far more powerful and destructive Subsequent incidents world-wide have provided compelling reasons for the need to observe the International Day against Nuclear Tests.

Today, 29th August 2014 is being observed as The International Day against Nuclear Tests which is need of the hour seeing the catastrophic effects of Nuclear Experiments all over the world from last 5 decades. It was established on December 2, 2009 at the 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly by the resolution 64/35, which was adopted unanimously. The resolution in particular calls for increasing awareness "about the effects of nuclear weapon test explosions or any other nuclear explosions and the need for their cessation as one of the means of achieving the goal of a nuclear-weapon-free world”. The resolution was initiated by Kazakhstan together with several sponsors and cosponsors to commemorate the closure of the Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test Site on August 29, 1991. Following the establishment of the International Day against Nuclear Tests, in May 2010 all state parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons committed themselves to "achieve the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.

Since nuclear weapons testing began in the mid-twentieth century, with the first test on 16 July 1945, nearly 2,000 have taken place. There has been little consideration of the devastating effects of testing on human life, let alone the understanding of nuclear fallout from atmospheric tests. Early on, having nuclear weapons was a measure of scientific sophistication or military might. Today, it is an ugly race which is leading to Nuclear Tests without taking necessary security measures in place because every country wants to have nuclear weapons so that they are not left behind the Supreme Powers of the world.

2010 marked the inaugural commemoration of the International Day against Nuclear Tests. Each year, since then, the day has been observed by coordinating various activities throughout the world, such as symposia, conferences, exhibits, competitions, publications, and instruction in academic institutions, media broadcasts and others. A number of events have been held at United Nations Headquarters, as well. Similar activities are planned for the 2013 observance.

The International Day against Nuclear Tests, together with other events and actions, has fostered a global environment with more optimistic prospects towards a world free of nuclear weapons. There have been visible signs of progress on various fronts but, equally, challenges remain. We hope that one day all nuclear weapons will be eliminated. Until then, there is a need to observe International Day against Nuclear Tests as we work towards promoting peace and security world-wide.